FORMER Hurungwe West House of Assembly MP Temba Mliswa has reacted angrily to allegations that he connived with ousted Mashonaland West Zanu PF chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi to get ruling party “secrets” on elections.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Mliswa instead claimed he provided financial assistance to his rival and businessman Keith Guzah who beat him in the recent Hurungwe West by-elections.
On Monday the Mashonaland West leadership fired Ziyambi on the allegations that he leaked party secrets to Mliswa who was previously the provincial chairman before he was booted out and replaced by the deputy Home Affairs minister.
However, Mliswa yesterday described the allegations as false saying the only strategies that he knew in Zanu PF were violence and intimidation.
“What strategies are there to be disclosed in the first place? The only strategies perennially deployed by the rogues of Zanu PF and that are common knowledge to all and sundry are those of violence, intimidation and the use of the State security apparatus,” said Mliswa.
He said the allegation that he shared information with Ziyambi would not stick as he had always fingered him in violence targeted at his supporters.
“I have alleged Ziyambi to have been in the forefront of the physical and brutal attacks in the just-ended farce of a Hurungwe West by-election. I further singled out his perceived abuse of office as the reason why arrests were not being made in the constituency and yet during the same period we are purported to have been conspiring,” added Mliswa.
He further alleged that he bankrolled the winning candidate Guzah after he failed to pay his polling agents.
“It is no secret that I was the one who was key in Keith Guzah’s win in the primary elections, I even went on to assist him financially when he failed to remunerate his polling agents in the just-ended election,” Mliswa said.
Contacted for comment over the allegations, Ziyambi professed ignorance saying he was from a different constituency and would not know anything about the link between Guzah and Mliswa.
Guzah’s mobile phone went unanswered.